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Clinical

Why all the fuss about biosimilars?

Biosimilars have been exciting attention in secondary care for over a decade but seem to have made little impact in the community. 

Over-50s suffering with loneliness at risk of diabetes

KCL study shows a strong relationship between loneliness and the later onset of type 2 diabetes

Discovery of four Covid-19 risk groups could help guide treatment

A risk identification tool uses the groupings to help clinical staff choose the best course of treatment for patients.

Value of statins in the elderly confirmed

Starting statins reduces the risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality among people aged 75 years and older, a new study finds. 

Study to look at long term impacts of Covid-19

The study's findings will support the development of strategies for clinical and rehabilitation care

Most vulnerable children no longer need to shield

Independent evidence from RCPCH shows the risk of serious illness for children and young people is low.

Hydroxychloroquine 'ineffective in treating Covid-19'

Preliminary results from RECOVERY trial show hydroxychloroquine has no effect on mortality.

Hospitalised Covid patients with diabetes at risk

Study looking at impact of Covid-19 on hospitalised patients with diabetes finds one in ten die within seven days of admission

New PPI launched

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals has launched omeprazole powder for oral suspension.

Medicines reconciliation 'prevents hospital readmission'

Medicines reconciliation could become an essential service in the 2020-21 community pharmacy contractual framework.

Signs of success with MenB vaccination programme

Infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has resulted in a significant decline in cases.

More tariff changes on the way?

A consultation on medicines reimbursement could see further tightening of price controls in the specials market, but the timetable is uncertain...

NHS Scotland to commission Hemlibra for haemophilia A

NHS Scotland has decided to commission Hemlibra for patients with severe congenital haemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors.

Prescribing rates of vitamin D high for children

Prescribing rates of high doses of vitamin D are at an all-time high for British children.

UK leads Europe in early clinical research, but faces challenges …

The UK leads on early stage clinical trials but falls behind Germany and the US when it comes to later-stage research.

Benzodiazepines prescribed more in deprived areas, study confirms

Researchers found prescribing rates were 45 per cent higher in the most deprived populations compared to the least.

Tackling prescribed medicine dependence and withdrawal

Community pharmacists need to be part of the solution for the millions of people across the UK grappling with prescription drug dependence and withdrawal.

Antidepressants may cut stroke risk

Antidepressants may reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke, Neurology reports.

Worries for brain health in low choline levels

Plant-based vegan diets are thought to contribute to an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health.

Print health warnings on every cigarette, say Scottish researchers

Printing Health warnings on individual cigarettes could help reduce smoking, suggests research.

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